Friday Finds – A Great Resource

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The infamous Smithsonian Institute has given us an incredible new resource to use with our students! It is a daily news website, available in English and Spanish.  You can set up classrooms of students, monitor their reading and quiz participation, have thoughtful conversations about current issues, all within the confines of their website.  The articles can be sorted by Lexile level and assigned by classrooms, if you wish.  There is a daily Picture of the Day and Quiz of the Day to spark interest and discussions.  Lesson plans are provided for educators to utilize.

Best of all, it is free!

Here is the link to the website:

http://tweentribune.com/

Description from their website:

About TeenTribune, TweenTribune, TTEspañol and TTJunior

Welcome to TeenTribune, TweenTribune,TTEspañol and TTJunior – the daily news sites for kids, tweens and teens – where you’ll find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news for 55 million kids in K-12 and their 3.5 million teachers.

Stories are selected by professional journalists working closely with teens, tweens and teachers. Teens and tweens can post comments, with all comments moderated by their teachers before they are published

We allow teens and tweens to produce 99 percent of our content as a means of engaging them. More than 100,000 teachers have registered so far.

We’re encouraging kids, teens and tweens to seek out news on a daily basis because our democracy depends upon a well-informed public, so we believe it is important to foster a daily news-reading habit as soon as kids begin to read.

Check it out!

Author: Judith Deichman

AASL Treasurer



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